The Source of Life
1Then he showed me the river22:1 Other mss read pure river of the water of life,22:1 Jr 2:13; 17:13; Jn 4:10 clear as crystal,22:1 Rv 4:6 flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb22:1 Ps 46:4; Ezk 47:1–2; Jl 3:18; Zch 14:8
2down the middle of the city’s main street. The tree of life was on each side of the river, bearing twelve kinds of fruit, producing its fruit every month.22:2 Gn 2:9; 3:22,24; Pr 13:12 The leaves of the tree are for healing the nations,22:2 Is 19:22; 57:19; 61:1; Jr 51:8–9; Zch 8:22–23; Mal 4:2; Mt 4:24; Jn 4:47; Ac 28:8
3and there will no longer be any curse.22:3 Gn 3:14–19; Zch 14:11 The throne of God and of the Lamb will be in the city, and his servants will worship him.
4They will see his face,22:4 Ex 33:20,23; Ps 17:15; Mt 5:8; 1Jn 3:2 and his name will be on their foreheads.22:4 Rv 7:3; 9:4; 13:16; 14:1,9; 17:5; 20:4
5Night will be no more;22:5 Zch 14:7; Rv 21:25 people will not need the light of a lamp or the light of the sun, because the Lord God will give them light,22:5 Ps 56:13; 118:27; Is 60:19; 1Jn 1:5 and they will reign forever and ever.
The Time Is Near
6Then he said to me, “These words are faithful22:6 Or trustworthy and true.22:6 Rv 3:14; 19:11; 21:5 The Lord, the God of the spirits of the prophets,22:6 Other mss read God of the holy prophets has sent his angel to show his servants what must soon take place.”22:6 Dn 2:28–29,45; Rv 1:1
7 “Look, I am coming soon! 22:7 Rv 3:11 Blessed is the one who keeps the words of the prophecy of this book.”22:7 Rv 1:3; 14:13; 19:9; 20:6; 22:14
8I, John, am the one who heard and saw these things. When I heard and saw them, I fell down to worship at the feet of the angel who had shown them to me.
9But he said to me, “Don’t do that! I am a fellow servant with you, your brothers the prophets, and those who keep the words of this book. Worship God!” 22:9 Rv 19:10
10Then he said to me, “Don’t seal up the words of the prophecy of this book, because the time is near.22:10 Is 8:16; Dn 8:26; 9:24; 12:4; Rv 1:3; 10:4
11Let the unrighteous go on in unrighteousness; let the filthy still be filthy; let the righteous go on in righteousness; let the holy still be holy.”22:11 Ezk 3:27; Dn 12:10
12 “Look, I am coming soon, and my reward is with me 22:12 Is 40:10; 62:11 to repay each person according to his work.22:12 Ps 62:12; Is 59:18; Jr 17:10; 25:14; Rm 2:6
13I am the Alpha and the Omega, 22:13 Rv 1:8 the first and the last,22:13 Rv 1:17 the beginning and the end.22:13 Rv 21:6
14 “Blessed 22:14 Rv 1:3; 14:13; 16:15; 19:9; 20:6; 22:7 are those who wash their robes,22:14 Other mss read who keep his commands so that they may have the right to the tree of life and may enter the city by the gates.
15Outside are the dogs, 22:15 Ps 22:16,20; Mt 15:26–27; Php 3:2 the sorcerers, the sexually immoral, the murderers, the idolaters, and everyone who loves and practices falsehood.22:15 Rm 1:28–32; 1Co 6:9–10; Rv 21:8
16 “I, Jesus, have sent my angel to attest these things to you for the churches. I am the Root 22:16 Rv 5:5 and descendant of David,22:16 Is 11:1,10; Rm 1:3 the bright morning star.”22:16 Nm 24:17; Rv 2:28
17Both the Spirit and the bride say, “Come!” Let anyone who hears, say, “Come!” Let the one who is thirsty come. Let the one who desires take the water of life freely.22:17 Is 55:1; Jn 4:10
18I testify to everyone who hears the words of the prophecy of this book: If anyone adds to them, God will add to him the plagues that are written in this book.
19And if anyone takes away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God will take away his share of the tree of life and the holy city, which are written about in this book.22:19 Dt 4:2; 12:32
20He who testifies about these things22:20 Rv 1:2 says, “Yes, I am coming soon.”
Amen! Come, Lord Jesus!22:20 1Co 16:22
21The grace of the Lord Jesus22:21 Other mss add Christ be with everyone.22:21 Other mss read with all the saints Amen.22:21 Other mss omit Amen.